After three years of working as a graphic and video designer, Lim Kiihwan decided to take a different path in life. For the Korean illustrator, drawing had always been a hobby, but it wasn’t until he truly examined his feelings around his work, that he decided to take the leap of faith to make it his profession.
“When I was little,” explains Lim, “My dream was to have a job where I could draw all day, but because of my colour amblyopia (a condition which reduces visual acuity due to a lesion in the eye) I didn’t think it could ever be more than just a hobby.” But time and time again, those around Lim continued to comment on the uniqueness of his illustrative style, complimenting his distinctive way of seeing that unexpectedly arose from the condition. “I began to gain confidence,” adds the illustrator, “which eventually helped me overcome my fears using colour,” and amounted into the beautiful works we are presented with today.
With sweeping blocks of felt tip pen, Lim’s illustrations tend to record his daily passings or his various travel destinations. Prone to experiencing post-travel blues, Lim extends his trips through illustrating his recent visits, which in turn, cements his experience through the art. He often travels with friends, and together, the motley group exemplify on their various creative talents to create a memorable experience. “We each have a different method of recording our journey; from writing to photography,” adds Lim. Lim then draws from these multi-media sources to inform his work, remembering intricate details that he would have otherwise misplaced. “I think this process is the most precious source of inspiration,” he says on the method.
Crisp yet oh so smooth, Lim’s distinctive work touches on the vivacity of American pop art in the context of contemporary illustration. With future hopes of combining motion graphics with his crowd-pleasing drawings in order to make them more lively, Lim also hopes that one day, he can move to Korea’s Jeju Island and open a small store to sell his work. In another long-term dream, he’d also like to learn to draw tattoos.
- Ioanna Sakellaraki explores Greece’s last professional mourners and their rituals around death
- Catalog Press is questioning what a book can be (and maybe it's made of cheese)
- Floriane Rousselot's digital platform Typelab supports and champions the work of young designers
- Photographer Theo Cottle tries to “keep an element of truth” in everything he shoots
- “Stay simple and playful”: Arnaud Aubry talks to us about making his fun and charming work
- Théophile Bartz on his fantastically hypnotic illustrations
- Led By Donkeys is crowdfunding £50,000 for “honest” No Deal Brexit ad campaign
- Taschen’s recent release celebrates “the greatest cat photographer of the 20th Century”
- Introducing the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2019!
- Suzy Chan’s portfolio boasts original graphic design, animation, typography and so much more
- Stefanie Tam’s graphic design grounds conceptual thinking in compelling visuals
- The Advertising Standards Authority has banned its first ads for “harmful” gender stereotyping